What is Telehealth?

TELEHEALTH BRINGS THE RIGHT HEALTHCARE TO PATIENTS WHERE AND WHEN THEY NEED IT



Today's Technology is Being Leveraged to:


Monitor patients' health status and behaviors remotely

Meet face to face with patients using video conferencing to have discussions and provide treatment

Obtain images for diagnostic purposes using specialized scopes and cameras

Capture, store and then forward images to remote providers who can make a diagnosis and provide treatment recommendations

Educate patients and providers through apps and video conferencing

Monitor the impact of patients' daily activities on their health status

Provide patients with tools to assist them in adopting behaviors to promote their health

What's New

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Congress: Act Now To Ensure Telehealth Access For Medicare Beneficiaries

There is broad recognition that telehealth services have helped ensure access to necessary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Less attention has been paid to an underappreciated statutory provision, section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Mutual Recognition Of Physician Licensure By States Would Provide For Better Patient Care

A system in which states recognize licenses from sister states, following nursing’s successful model, would leave the country better positioned to confront future emergencies and, more importantly, to replace in-person visits with telehealth encounters.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

How Telehealth Can Enable New Care Management Strategies In Alternative Payment Models

Telehealth continues to play a critical role in health care delivery amid COVID-19. In a prior post, we described how policy makers can maximize the benefits of telehealth by featuring it prominently in a post-COVID-19 payment policy reboot. However, that reset should involve more than simply using telehealth to improve the effectiveness of existing alternative payment model (APM) strategies, such as redesigning discharge decisions or meeting quality measures through population health management.

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

Understanding The Case For Telehealth Payment Parity

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth use surged as a result of Medicare and private payers loosened payment restrictions. While there is bipartisan support from lawmakers, administrators, and clinicians for the continued use of telehealth following the pandemic, debate about multiple implementation issues remains, importantly: Should telehealth continue to be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care?

Health Affairs Blog May 10, 2021

The Coming Conflict Over Tele-Visits: The Need For Innovation In Payment And Information Sharing

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased the use of virtual physician office visits as temporary substitutes for certain in-person visits. These “tele-visits” can be based on video capabilities, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or electronic health record-embedded tools, or by telephone. Recent estimates suggest that tele-visits increased during 2020 by 50 percent, and that 20 percent of all physician office visits during 2020 will have been tele-visits.

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